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McHenry Outdoor Theater to reopen, bringing moviegoing back to Chicago area

The northwest suburban drive-in will show ‘The Flintstones’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ on Friday and Saturday, with many new regulations in place.

“Jurassic Park” will be one of the films opening the drive-in movie season at the McHenry Outdoor Theater.
“Jurassic Park” will be one of the films opening the drive-in movie season at the McHenry Outdoor Theater.
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The McHenry Outdoor Theater will reopen for business Friday and Saturday with a host of new regulations in place to maintain social distancing, its owner announced Sunday.

The first features planned for the Golden Age Cinema facility, 1510 N. Chapel Hill Road in McHenry, are “The Flintstones” and “Jurassic Park.” Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and customers are advised not to arrive later than 7 p.m.

In a Facebook post, Golden Age Cinema CEO Scott Dehn noted several precautions the theater will be taking, based on guidelines from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Among them, the theater will be limiting its capacity to 350 vehicles instead of the usual 750. Filmgoers must stay within their vehicle, though they may lay in the bed of a truck or van if wearing a face mask. No outdoor seating will allowed.

Read more at dailyherald.com.